If you’ve been following along this week, you’ve seen our Texas road trip timeline, Dallas/Fort Worth Recap and the 3 Things You Must Do in San Antonio… but now it’s time for my favorite post. The AUSTIN Travel Guide! As I’ve mentioned, Austin is the city that I wish we could have stayed in longer. We were exploring the whole time we were there, but I know we barely even scratched the surface. This city is so vibrant and fun – full of amazing food and super friendly people. I can’t wait to go visit again already! Maybe next time with a group of friends so we can really take advantage of that “where to grab a drink” section of this post… ? Now, let’s get to my favorite spots in Austin!
Where to Eat
Adam loves donuts, so once I realized that Voodoo was in Austin, I knew we had to make a stop. They are famous for their cereal doughnuts, so we obviously had to try the Captain Crunch and Fruit Loop flavors! My personal favorite was the coconut, though. Sooo yum!
I know I’ve already raved about Picnik in this blog post and this instagram – but the love is REAL, guys! For those of you who don’t know anything about it, my friend from Syracuse (Naomi!) is the founder of this special restaurant. I had heard about it through social media, but actually being able to eat there was such a treat. Her goal was to create good food that’s also good for you… and they do just that! I tried their famous butter coffee and we both got breakfast tacos (with Siete Foods tortillas!) and I was a very happy girl. Now we just have to convince them to open a Chicago location ?
Second Bar & Kitchen
Second Bar & Kitchen was recommended to me for lunch, so we made that our first stop upon arriving in Austin. After BBQ and tacos in Dallas/Fort Worth, I was craving some greens, so I loved that this place had an amazing salad for me! Luckily, it also had a killer burger that Adam raved about. And we were pretty happy they had delicious cocktails for a little mid-day travel cheers, too!
Where to Stay
If you want to stay right in the heart of the city, I definitely recommend staying at the W Austin. You can read more about this hotel (and the others we stayed at!) in this post, but I especially loved the decor, location, and Bliss products in the bathroom! It seems silly, but it’s the BEST ?
Where to Explore
Hope Outdoor Gallery
If you are in Austin, you must stop by the Hope Outdoor Gallery. Really, no excuses. I’ve never seen anything like it, which makes sense because I found out this is the only “paint park” of it’s kind in the USA. It was created so that muralists, street artists, and arts education classes could have a place to go to share their artwork and positive messages with the community. It is a really cool spot and I highly recommend taking some time to explore it.
Just walk around! I know that’s super vague, but we found a lot of cool walls, streets, and views just by wandering around. Plus, you get those steps in!
Mount Bonnell was not my radar at ALL, but we met up with one of my other college friends who lives in Austin and he said we should definitely add it to our list. I’m so glad we listened to him because after a short drive, we were climbing a staircase up to a view of the entire city of Austin. Absolutely beautiful!
If you have some extra time, I definitely recommend driving about 30 minutes outside of Austin to a small town named Georgetown. You can stay overnight (read about our gorgeous hotel in this post) or swing by for dinner… but either way, it’s a charming blast from the past.
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Where to Get a Drink
Clark’s Oyster Bar
Clark’s was another recommendation from my friend Graham – and one of my favorite places on our whole trip! You can see how my shirt matched the yellow decor in this post which made me irrationally happy… and that was before we even ordered! I put Clark’s in this post’s drinks category instead of food, only because this is what my day drinking dreams are made of. I’m serious! A glass of rose, a few oysters and french fries, perfect weather… give me all of those things and I’m literally in heaven!
Boiler Nine is one of those places where the bar speaks for itself. I mean, how pretty is that?! I had a really inventive cocktail called Green Velvet which was made form grapefruit oil, basil seltzer, vodka, chartreuses, lime and chlorophyll. So cool, right?! The food is also very impressive here, so it’s great for happy hour, dinner and drinks – all in the same spot!
Everyone told me that Rainey Street was super fun, but no one mentioned that ALL of the bars are HOUSES! It seriously cracked me up! You would literally go in the front door or around to the backyard to get into most of these bars ? It’s so unique, but it also immediately makes you feel like you’re at a neighborhood house party. Into it.
I also need to mention that I wanted photos in daylight and my only opportunity to get these was on a weekday morning. Just use your imagination here… any night of the week and Saturday/Sunday during the day, these bars are packed!
What would you add to this Austin Travel Guide?
I know we didn’t get to everything, so I’d love to know what you would put on your list! What should I check out if/when we go back? I’d love to know!
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Ps. You might also like to read about our full Texas Road Trip, Dallas/Fort Worth and San Antonio!